About Phillip Smith

The Journalism Entrepreneurship Training Company was founded by Phillip Smith while at Stanford on a John S. Knight journalism fellowship. He personally designs and delivers all of the training programs.

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Phillip’s professional experience:
  • 20-year career as a tech and business entrepreneur
  • Mentoring more than a dozen reporter-led startups to help them build a path to sustainability
  • Two years travelling the globe producing high-value experiences for 1000+ aspiring media entrepreneurs
  • CTO of an award-winning local online newsroom, where he built successful audience-pay campaigns from the ground up
  • Worked with Mozilla to kickstart an innovative tech-meets-journalism fellowship program. Placed fellows in Al Jazeera, BBC, Boston Globe, Guardian, and Zeit Online
  • Certified as a continuous innovation coach by Ash Maurya, Author of Running Lean and Scaling Lean, inventor of the Lean Canvas
Phillip’s training and curriculum advisors:
  • Mark Briggs, Author of Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Burt Herman, Director of Innovation, Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Anne Koch, Program Director, GIJN
  • Julie Makinen, Executive Editor, The Desert Sun
  • Pam Maples, Managing DIrector, JSK Fellowships

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